Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Jan. 25, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jesus invites each of us to share in his mission in a special way

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by Sister Jacqueline Capelle

God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to deliver a message. He thought it would take three days to go through the city but on the first day the people heard the message and followed it.

Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and called Simon, Andrew, James and John to join him on his journey.  These four fishermen must have wondered where they were going with Jesus and what He meant when He said, "You will be fishers of men."

Jesus invites you as He invited those in today's readings. To what mission has He called you? Think of this! What a treasure to receive this invitation to be a part of Jesus' mission and to spread His word.

Take some time this week to hear clearly and journey forth to carry the Word of God wherever you go.


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Reflection for July 20, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Seeds vs. weeds: Which one is thriving in your faith garden?


by Sister Mary Kabat

Are there changes you wish to make in your life -- exercise regularly, eat healthier, improve a relationship, take more time for prayer, read a good book?  We all know there are changes that would be good for us and we wonder why we just don't do them.  There are also things we are doing that we know would be better for us not to do.  They aren't necessarily hard changes; we just don't do them.

That comes to mind as I reflect on the Gospel of this Sunday.  Jesus gives us three parables.  Each one gives us the opportunity to identify with something in the story or to let the lesson sink into our heart and change us.

I am staying with the parable of the man who sowed good seed in his field only to discover weeds growing with the wheat.  I can identify.  There is "good seed" in me, but there are "weeds" as well.  The parable says that it could do more harm than good to pull out all the weeds as the good seed is growing.  However, I think I could pull one or two of my weeds and put a good seed in their place.  I have a few weeds in mind.  Do you?



Reflection for Sept. 22, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Dishonest at first, the master's steward makes right his wrongs


by Renae Bauer

Dishonest or clever?

That's the question we might ponder after reading Sunday's Gospel, the parable of the "dishonest" steward. Here's a guy who squanders what his master entrusted to him and then is praised by the master for collecting only a portion of debts still owed by several merchants. What is going on?

Let's focus on the last few verses where Jesus says, "The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones." How does this relate to the dishonest steward?  One thing we can certainly say is that the steward made some bold decisions when he lost his job.  He contacted the master's debtors and reworked their debts to reflect only the amount owed to the master (forgoing the steward's commission).

Ah-ha. Facing a crisis, the steward moves heaven and earth to return to the master what is his. Is he trustworthy in small matters? The master thinks so.

Reflection questions:
  1. How can I be more resourceful with what God has entrusted to me?
  2. What more can I do to bring the Kingdom of God to others?

Celebrating the 'Year of Faith'

Moral Life -- Applying the Fifth and Sixth Commandments


About this series
DID YOU KNOW: The first Three Commandments concern love and fidelity to God, while the other seven speak of love and forgiveness of neighbor as an expression of God's love.

Chapters 29 & 30, US Catholic Catechism for Adults

by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

You Shall Not Kill.
You Shall Not Commit Adultery.

The Fifth and Sixth Commandments call us to a love and respect for all people.  As Catholics, we are challenged to bring these commandments to life by our witness of non-violence, compassion and just treatment of others.

  • How do our words and actions destroy or "kill" another person's spirit, reputation, etc?
  • What will you do this week to be a "life-giving" person?
  • What does being "chaste" mean to you?
  • What does it mean to be a "non-violent" person?


Reflection for Oct. 2, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Simonich_Lynne-Marie_Sr_2012-100pxby Sister Lynne Marie Simonich

The Gospel for this 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time is the familiar story of the landowner who left his vineyard in the hands of some tenants while he went on a journey.  He turned everything over to them.  He had labored to prepare the land by planting the vines, building a hedge around the vineyard and constructing a wine press.  He left with a dream that this vineyard would produce much fruit.

The tenants had the obligation to care for what had been given to them.  However, they became greedy - they acted as if the vineyard was theirs.  They forgot that the vineyard and the fruit it produced did not belong to them - they were simply caretakers, stewards of what belonged to another. They let selfishness control their lives.

Our God has entrusted us with a vineyard - with opportunities and resources to help us bring about an abundance of good fruit - peace, joy, compassion and love.  How have we responded to God's trust in us?  How have we used the opportunities and resources that God has given us to be joyful servants to others?

As we draw near to the Feast of St. Francis we know that he was a true laborer in the vineyard of God's creation. Francis celebrated life believing he was a caretaker for the Lord. With his inspiration, may we remember that all good gifts come from our God.  May we cherish those gifts and produce the good fruits our frail world needs.